The Taming Of The Shrew

 (1,557)7.12 h 1 min1967X-Ray13+
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton sparkle and amuse in Shakespeare's fiercely funny battle of thesexes.
Franco Zeffirelli
Richard BurtonElizabeth TaylorMichael Hordern
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Natasha Pyne
Richard BurtonElizabeth TaylorFranco Zeffirelli
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Terry W-CReviewed in the United States on May 15, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my movie favorites
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I have loved the William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew since I was in high school...then Elizabeth Taylor and Richard! While reading the required Shakespeare literature required in High School, I stumbled on this story and fell in love with the laugh out loud humor in the plot. At first the British accent may be a little hard to understand...but hang in there. I got this to watch with my 7 and 9 year old. I had to set the story up for them at first because they weren’t used to the accent. When Kate was throwing her fits they just laughed and laughed. They talked about the funny parts of the movie for days.
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Fred MacRaeReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
I recommend Shakespeare's play-to-movie showing a persons transition in their life's journey, as seen from 15 century view.
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Greetings ... Reviewer,
Great movie classic with wonderful actors. Although for some this Shakespearian story could be considered sexist. But at the time William Shakespeare (1564 to 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, who did most of his heralded works between 1589 and 1613. The culture of the day must be factored in to your review of this movie. However, Shakespeare's portrayal of relationships communicated human emotions sarcasm-humor, tradition-culture, pride-vanity, as well as, Hate/Anger-LOVE/Respect forces us to evaluate our nature and roles in life. Enjoy ...
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JStarReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
I thought Elizabeth Taylor was supposed to be a GOOD actor!
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My son is taking a Shakespeare course, and we've been watching a number of movies from Shakespeare plays. Neither of us had seen a production of Taming of the Shrew. I picked this film because of the famous actors and famous director. Both my son and I hated this production! Elizabeth Taylor's Katharina was more like a violently insane person. Richard Burton's Petruchio was a hedonistic, sexist ass (yes, I realize that's just part of how Shakespeare wrote the character) with completely unrealistic reactions to Katharina's lunacy and violence. I mean, this is supposed to be one of Shakespeare's comedies. But I would say this production was tragic. And, if this was a fair representation of Elizabeth Taylor's and Richard Burton's acting chops, then I have absolutely no idea why they were such lauded and sought after actors in their time. Ugh. We even liked "10 Things I Hate About You" better than this movie, and that was NOT much of a movie.
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Libby HuffmanReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Taming of the Shrew (Taylor/Burton)
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Who would have thought that Elizabeth Taylor could handle Shakespeare? Add to that, she had to hold her own with one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of all time, her husband, Richard Burton. This movie is one of the best by Franco Zeffirelli. The sets and costumes are lush and beautifully lit. Taylor and Burton have never been better
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A ChristyReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sumptuous Feast for the Eyes, Ears and Heart
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I sure wish more people would see this and erase the tepid impression so many other films of Shakespeare's work have left on them. This is certainly one of the best of all those put on film. Taming of the Shrew is a funny work but hard to perform. Without the exactly correct actor, it loses half it's punch as it relies on the facial expressions that will translate the words into feeling. Hard to do from a centuries old work that has very little in the way of director's notes!

This masterpiece has the three main elements to greatness locked up: Franco Zeffirelli as the director and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as the two main characters. Really, given the visual talent of Zeffirelli and the magnetic passion between Taylor and Burton, everything else is bound to fall into place.

Like many others, I found the performances of some of the secondary characters not to my exact liking but I think, in retrospect, that it was simply that they were overwhelmed by the talents of the main characters and specifically directed in a way that would create this feeling in the audience. We should feel annoyed by some of those characters and adding a certain tone of voice helps to ensure the audience feels that way. So, I'm not taking anything from the film for that.

Taylor as Kate the Shrew and Burton as the wild and unsavory Petruchio are perfect. Burton often has that slightly dirty look to him and his booze roughened voice just adds sauce to the mix. Taylor is at her most beautiful in this movie; no longer so young she is lushly filled out, has character in her face and confidence in her work. The sexual tension between this legendary couple is like over-cooked dynamite, ready to blow in this movie and it lends the final touch to their explosive scenes. You just have to see it to truly appreciate it.

The costuming in this film is a notch above superlative with Taylor positively sewn into her bodices and yet still athletic as she races across a roof from her sarcastically effusive husband-to-be. Burton is a slovenly, yet manly and handsome, mess in his well designed dags and pouffy sleeves. The musical score is also exceptional so it is just as much a feast for the ears as the eyes.

You don't have to be a fan of Shakespeare to enjoy this movie. You don't have to be a fan of older "classic" movies either. You just have to enjoy a good movie experience overall to really love this film. It's an excellent way to introduce Shakespeare to those who might shy away from it also.
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Robert ZornesReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Movie - Changed Review
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I rented the movie last night but today it did not allow me to watch it again so I left a one-star review. Later the Amazon site stated I could watch it again for another 23 hours so I changed my review. The movie was top-notch. But the provisions for rental are not clear enough to determine if it can be watched again. Not sure what the snag was but apparently it can be watched at least twice within 24 hrs.
FarleyReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well Done. Best later production of the Bard's "Taming..." aside from the 1920's pix.
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Read "The Taming of the Shrew" in college, post-grad & for entertainment. While I was never a big fan of Liz & Dick, as far as movies go, this is one of the best productions except those made in the "talkies" from 1920's.
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JohnReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Movie, Great Acting! Classic!!!
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Elizabeth Taylor at her finest acting! Even if you aren't a Shakespeare fan you'll love this movie. Great for all ages, no language, no nudity, no problem! I even watched it with my older brother, mother, and step-father and they all loved it and laughed in some spots where the dialogue warranted it. Great movie, I can watch it over and over.
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